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Written by W.M. Mitchell   


Bro. T. J. Higg, of Tennessee, desires something to be written on the following text:

“For he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.”—l Pet. iv. 1.

The peculiar form of expression of this text, if taken without regard to its connection, would indicate that Christ, for a time, had lived in sin; but when we consider its connection and the general testimony of the Scriptures—that he was holy, undefiled and separate from sinners, in his own person—we will see that he “once suffered for sin, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit”—l Pet. iii. 18. In the great system of salvation, Jesus the innocent Son of God, was so identified with all whom the Father had given him, as their surety, that their sins were laid upon him as though they were his sins, and for this reason it is written that he “bare our sins on his own body on the tree.” The Lord hath laid upon him the iniquity of us all, and by his stripes we are healed. He was even made a curse for his people.—Gal. iii. 13; “It pleased the Lord to bruise him.”—Isa. liii.
But while it is true that as surety, the dear Son of God was so connected with his people and with their sins that the violated law of God condemned and cursed him, demanding full payment to all its righteous requirements and pouring out its wrath upon his innocent head—he was equal to the emergency and ready to satisfy the holy law in all its height and depth, length and breadth.

No sin attached to the sacred person of Jesus, else he could not have suffered the just for the unjust, nor would his awful sufferings have met the holy demands of God’s law, or have availed anything towards putting away sin, any more than any other polluted offering would have done.

But in the great and wonderful system of salvation which our God hath devised and revealed to his chosen people, they are so connected with Jesus, and he with them, that their sins are imputed to him and his obedience and righteousness was imputed to them. Hence it is written that “He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him “—2 Cor. v. 21. Sin is a transgression of law, and as Jesus transgressed no law, and did not falter or fail in any particular, in that which he came to do, he knew no sin, and though tempted in all points with regard to that which was given him to do, even as his people are in that which is assigned unto them, yet he is without sin, as he never failed or was discouraged till he sent forth judgment unto victory, and cried, “it is finished” His sufferings for sin then ceased, and this, we think, is the sense of the phrase, “he ceased from sin.”—M

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